Chaponda claims cash found stashed in suitcases belongs to DPP – Witness

Former  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda claims that thousands of dollars and millions of Kwachas found by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) stashed inside suitcases hidden in the bedroom of his bedroom during a search, belongs to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Chaponda told ACB that the money found in his house was realised from a Blue Night fundraising event of DPP But party treasurer general rebuts the claim

Chaponda is second-in-command in DPP as its  vice-president responsible for the Southern Region and parliamentarian for Mulanje West.

He is being accused of corruption in the procurement of maize from Zambia.

Testifying before Zomba Magistrate Court on Thursday, prosecution third witness Robert Mbuzi Mkandawire, senior investigations officer for the ACB, who searched Chaponda’s residence in Lilongwe where they found money in various currencies, said they were told by Chaponda that the money was realised from a Blue Night function which the DPP held in Blantyre.

Mkandawire stated that when the graft-busting body  inquired from DPP treasurer-general Henry Mussa, also Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Nicholas Dausi, a senior DPP member and Minister of Information and Communications Technology, about the issue, they both denied that the money was realised from the said event.

Between US$58,000 and MK124 million in cash was found after a search at Chaponda’s home last year.

The cash stashed in suitcases reminds Malawians of the biggest corruption scandal called ‘Cashgate’ scam which involved fraudulent government payments for services not rendered and for “ghost pensions” to fictional government retirees.

Corrupt officials pocketed the money, using it to buy smart cars and mansions — or simply stuffed bundles of US dollars and Malawi kwacha in car boots, handbags and pillowcases, hence the “cash” in “Cashgate.

Chaponda is answering three charges which include giving false information to ACB, influencing a public officer to misuse his position and possession of foreign currency. He has constantly denied any wrong doing.

He was arrested by ACB in July last year on suspicion of corruption relating to procurement of the K26 billion maize from Zambia.

Meanwhile, Zomba chief resident magistrate (CRM) Paul Chiotcha then adjourned the matter to February 8 2018 for the State, through ACB, to parade more witnesses..

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President of Laughing Africa
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President of Laughing Africa

Woipa ngoipa basi olo mutamudzola zwitso!

Ma cadet olo mumuchemerera bwanji, Chaponda anaipa nkhope ndi khalidwe basi!

Dodolldo
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Who doesn’t lie in DPP?

President of Laughing Africa
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President of Laughing Africa

Kodi achapondawa sachedwa kuyiwala akanama mabodza awowo. There was a time he said his source of foreign currency was because he had worked in various international organisations and also that he has children working abroad.

Ndiye mwadzidzi statement za gate collections from Blue night party zachokeranso kuti?

Ngwakuba Chaponda!

Nambewe
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akulu awa alibe manyzi ndi bodza! DPP iribe bank account? why was the money in so many currencies? He is not only a thief but also aliar! these are the people who should not be anywhere near Government!!!

Chilungamo
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A mediocre BLUE party, patronised by the MULHAKHO BLUED testicled thieves, kusolora disgusting their BLUE midnight parties NO WONDER the country’s is in BLUES.

Mowa Wa Chibuku
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Ngati Hon. Dausi akufika potsutsana ndi mkuluyu, ndiye Chaponda nimunkhungu wakufipo.

Callista Chingola
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Whoever thinks Chaponda will be arrested is wasting time.People hate him because he is super intelligent hence makin up stories against him. Graduate from Yale University. Si za makaladi apagalaja mu chikwawamu akufuna u veep ku MCP wa.

Masuzgyo
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@ CALISTA CHINGOLA
KOMATU MAKALADI MUKWANENAWO ATA KUKUDYETSANI BWINO KUPOSA BAMBO AKO AMENE ALIBE NCHITO YABWINO KOMA KUMANGODALIRA MAGANYU M’MAKWALALAMU.
OLIVER IWEYO , WHAT PAPERS ( CERTIFICATES) ARE YOU HOLDING APART FROM BIRTH CERTIFICATE ? DOUBT NGATI ULI NDI BIRTH CERTIFICATE, SIZOMWEZI ZOTI UNANGOBADWILA M’ CHIMBUDZI.
KOMA IWE !!! BWINOTU BWINO…

SGo
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Are u serious do u know how much it pains to be paying tax on the other end while you know that the monies will end into someone’s pocket why is it that we just support everything people Are dying in hospitals lacking medicine just because few greedy people like him had the audacity to still our sweat

Mchawa walokolo
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Chaponda never graduated from Yale mu lomwe iwe, he is a graduate wa pa Zambia pompa apa!

Kunena Mosapsyatila
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Which sort of intelligence are you talking about? Of siphoning govt coffers? I don’t respect educated savages who lack integrity and a humane spirit. Another one is this dull Yale professor failing to steer the country forward.

Komanso kuAmerica uku ma Doctorate amakhala Ngati apa silver platter in some universities. Mwalamwala uli ku Britain. Obwera ku Oxford ndi ku Cambridge ndi azinzawo a mauniversity timapereka ulemu. Osati zinazi za ma Illuminati a skull and bones order (Yale), komwe kwachokera a George Bush ndi a John Kerry: anthu oipa kwabasi Ngati a Chaponda Chimanga ndi A Peter Mathanyula.

Dodolldo
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He is already arrested he is on bail

Cadet wa Nyoo
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Anyapapi omapeka nkhani muyaluka! Chaponda ndi Boma ndi khethekhethe! DPP woye! Tikumvana zimenezo?

Zee Chilunga
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I see the cases against Chaponda going nowhere.The man is smart and innocent.

Bullshit
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What makes him smart and innocent?

Condom Yavuka
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Cheap propaganda by the failing MCP which uses NyasaTimes And Times Group. Chaponda is winning the case and DPP is winning the elections next year.

President of Laughing Africa
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President of Laughing Africa

Kodi mmayesa kale munkachita blame anthu akumpoto kuti ndi amene akudana naye chabe Chaponda. Lero nanga MCP through times and nyasa yaloweranso pati?

You see woipa ngoipa basi olo mutamuchita decorate bwanji sangakhalenso wabwino.

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